Originally Posted by Issombeituni
I have spent some $$$$ in my day on filters in my years. So I read some reviews about Sunsun filters. I ended up picking up the HW302 off ebay for $40 bucks. I ended up setting it up today and was surprised on how nice and quite it was. This is for my 55 gallon Cichlid tank. Here are the pics.
I have a few questions on placement of in and out flow
I have a powerhead which supplies tons of current.... So with that
1) do i place inflow on the side with the powerhead since i have great current
2) do i place it on the other side and have it in the current
3) the outflow does placement matter since i have a high current power head?
Canister set up
Pads on the bottom, then carbon and amino chips in the 2nd layer then sponges the top
Hi, i have a very similar canister. The one you have is basically a generic copy of the TetraTec Ex's. They are a quality filter and i have had no issues with mine apart from a crack on the inflow pipe, which was completely my fault...
This is how i have mine set-up...
I have the powerhead beside the outflow(going back to the canister) and have it pointing away from the pipe. This circulates the water around the tank back to the outflow. It also picks up the fresh(clean) water coming back into the tank and circulates that around the tank. I hope this makes sense, it does in my head, and it works for me!!!!.
In the filter, i have 4 Media Trays and this is how i have them set-up. I will start from the bottom tray up....
1. Course Pad
2. Tray of Seachem Matrix
3. Another Tray of Matrix
4. A FULL tray of filter floss. I have 2x100g bags of Seachem Purigen on top of this floss, so it's the last thing that the water passes through...
With the floss, i use very cheap bed pillows($1-$2) from my local supermarket(grocery store). I take the floss out which is basically the same as poly-fill or aquarium floss but WAY cheaper.. I have still got about 3/4 of the first pillow left, one year later!!!. I would recommend placing a piece of cloth on top of the floss, it stop any loose floss from getting sucked up and clogging the impeller....
Trust me, if you set it up this way, you will have/keep crystal clear water. I have a 55g fully stocked community tank....
It may cost a bit to set-up, media wise, but not too much(not sure of American prices!!)..
PS... I wouldn't bother with the Carbon, it's only needed for Med and odor removal. Seachem Purigen will do a better job in polishing the water.... Ian